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2021 Filius Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

A sophisticated, pure and expressive interpretation of this popular Margaret River blend with enticing minerality and savoury undertones.


Tasting Notes
APPEARANCE Pale straw with a green tinge. NOSE A lovely ocean fresh nose with hints of lemon sorbet, passionfruit, pineapple and peach, all in subtle balance. Some delicate notes of winter herb and pinenuts bring a savoury dimension. PALATE A precise, clean palate with medium-weight fruit and a fresh light core. Fine and pure fruit arrives early and the wine finishes with a refreshing and clean saline finish.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES Refined winemaking techniques have better expressed the exciting complexities of the powerful, aromatic and structured fruit of Sauvignon Blanc, which is complemented by the tempering delicacy of our best parcels of Semillon. A small portion of Sauvignon Blanc fermented entirely on skins has helped to broaden and bring structure to the palate, while the use of French Oak for fermentation adds to the texture. Wild fermentation enabled a pure expression of our true vineyard character, giving the wine a savoury and solid core. The wine is aged in oak and stainless steel for 4 months before blending.
Production Notes
77% Sauvignon Blanc, 23% Semillon
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
5 years
Harvest Date
23 February – 16 March 2021
94% direct pressed and juice racked to foudre, puncheon, concrete egg and stainless steel tank. 6% fermented on full skins in static / open fermenter. 100% wild fermented (both varietals)
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
October 2021
Vintage Notes

A year of peculiar weather where our commitment to organic viticulture was vital to the successful growth of quality, balanced fruit. A cool and wet spring prompted the need for an intense leaf plucking program to mitigate disease risk. Luckily, December and January were warm and dry. Canopy management was a priority throughout February and March to combat unusually warm and moist conditions. A rainfall event in early February provided a timely drink for the red varietals, followed by warm weather which was ideal for the Chardonnay to achieve ripeness. A second rainfall incident in early March was followed by sunny and breezy conditions to dry off the fruit for healthy ripening. With our judicious canopy management and a crop of naturally resilient grapes, we are pleased to say that fantastic quality fruit was ripened and harvested with little-to-no disease in our vineyards.

2021 Filius Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
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  • 92 Points (2020 Vintage)

    James Suckling

    Papaya, dried pineapple, pomelo pith, thyme, oregano and some beeswax on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with bright acidity and a textured, pithy and vibrant finish.

  • 91 Points (2020 Vintage)

    The Real Review - Stuart Knox

    Light straw-yellow colour. Pome fruit, smoke and bush honey aromatics. A fuller expression of this blend, with a weight of fruit and smoky savoury undertones. Good length and drive with acidity keeping it clean throughout and a phenolic fuzz drying the finish. Food would enhance it further.

  • 91 Points

    Halliday Wine Companion - Erin Larkin

    77% sauvignon blanc, the balance semillon. As usual, this is a savoury, briny expression of the classic Margaret River SBS style - no doubt a touch of older oak in there is the thing that aids the shape and texture on the palate (on closer inspection of the tech sheet, the fermentation vessels are listed as: 60% oak (foudre, puncheon and barrique), 30% stainless steel, 6% open fermenter, 4% concrete egg). All things classy and in place. Nicely done.

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